New Delhi: Auto fares in Delhi were hiked long time back, but the Global positioning system which assures the safety of the passengers are yet to be installed in these commercial vehicles. After much delay, the matter has now reached the Delhi High Court with three petitions filed challenging the government decision of installing GPS in the autos.

Meanwhile the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has said, “The case is in the High Court and till a judgment is passed the project cannot be initiated.”

There are about 55 thousand auto rickshaws running in the city at present. Two years back the Delhi government had hiked auto fares in order to provide safety and security of the passengers by installing GPS in the autos. This decision had led to widespread protest and strikes by auto drivers.

The GPS systems were to be fitted by April 2011 and the government had agreed to bear half the cost of installing the GPS systems in the autos. Meanwhile, Rakesh Aggarwal secretary NGO Nyaybhumi filed an RTI with the transport department that failed to answer five vital questions posed by Aggarwal on the functioning of the GPS system.

Not a single pilot project has been initiated so far. Keeping this in mind, 197 auto drivers collectively filed a petition in May 2011 followed by another petition filed in the same month by 241 auto drivers. The third Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in September 2011. Rakesh Aggarwal in all the three cases is fighting on behalf of the auto drivers in the Court.

JPN/Bureau